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Single Idea 15044

[catalogued under 3. Truth / A. Truth Problems / 4. Uses of Truth]

Full Idea

'Truth' is to be understood as a system of ordered procedures for the production, regulation, distribution, circulation, and operation of statements.

Gist of Idea

'Truth' is the procedures for controlling which statements are acceptable


Michel Foucault (Truth and Power (interview) [1976], p.132)

Book Reference

Foucault,Michel: 'Essential Works 1954-1984 3: Power', ed/tr. Faubion,J [Penguin 2002], p.132

A Reaction

Foucault is not absurdly relativist about this, but I don't think I agree, even in his terms. In a sexually prudish culture, blunt sexual truths are clearly true to everyone, but totally unacceptable. Society shudders when unacceptable truths are spoken.